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Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

What is the EYFS?

The EYFS is a stage of children's development from birth to the end of their first year (Reception year) in school.

The EYFS Framework describes how early years practitioners should work with children and their families to support their learning and development.

It describes how your child should be kept safe and cared for and how all concerned can make sure that your child achieves the most they can in their early years of life

EYFS is based on four important principles:

  • A Unique Child - Every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.

  • Positive Relationships - Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents/carers and a keyperson.

  • Enabling Environments - The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children's learning and development.

  • Learning and Development - children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of Learning and Development are equally important and interconnected.

Why do parents/carers need to know about the EYFS?

It is important to remember that you know more about your own child than anyone else. Practitioners should be asking you about your child and sharing information with you about your child's progress.


Children do best when parents/carers and professionals work together.


Understanding what your child is doing when they are with others will help you to notice how well they are developing and learning.


The part you play in their learning and the choices you make will make a difference to their future.

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